asked by Atefeh Yazdi over 3 years ago
Wikipedia and Reddit went dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).
I think the mobilization of website owners “Blackout”-ing our websites, being led by Wikipedia and Reddits, is sending a strong message not just to the politicians but also to the world. The internet is the greatest innovation any of us have seen in our lifetimes, we can not allow it to be controlled by watchdogs, which is ultimately the hands of the few.
Neither SOPA and PIPA will stop piracy. The entertainment industry just needs to be more clever than the pirates in order to win users and create consciousness that piracy and copyright infringement are wrong, but they won’t get it by imposing us to the model that works best for them.
Also, I bet most people in countries who have have wide access to numerous distribution services, don’t infringe because they want to harm somebody, they do it because it’s the fastest+easiest way to get what they want.
Startups succeed because they provide a real solution to a real+common problem, keeping the g the user satisfied and MAKING IT EASIER for them to do something.
Services like iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, etc should have been MPAA’s and RIAA’s idea, but they just keep on having as their main task protecting the content owner/creator (which is not a bad thing) instead of helping them to easily distribute their material to all audiences (which would be more productive).
I don’t know how this moves legally nor how copyright and licensing works (I know this is to make sure the creator gets paid or gets the credit whenever their content is used), but I think that in addition to provide protection to someone’s material they must make such material’s “purchasability” as user-friendly, easy-going, casual, effortless as if you were downloading it illegally. They have the tools and the money (which is, sadly, mostly used on lobbying). (more)